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Structure analysis and derivation of deformed electron density distribution of polydiacetylene giant single crystal by the combination of X-ray and neutron diffraction data

Tashiro, Koji*; Kusaka, Katsuhiro*; Hosoya, Takaaki*; Ohara, Takashi; Hanesaka, Makoto*; Yoshizawa, Yoshinori*; Yamamoto, Hiroko*; Niimura, Nobuo*; Tanaka, Ichiro*; Kurihara, Kazuo*; et al.

Macromolecules, 51(11), p.3911 - 3922, 2018/06

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:100(Polymer Science)

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The Catalytic mechanism of decarboxylative hydroxylation of salicylate hydroxylase revealed by crystal structure analysis at 2.5${AA}$ resolution

Uemura, Takuya*; Kita, Akiko*; Watanabe, Yoshihiko*; Adachi, Motoyasu; Kuroki, Ryota; Morimoto, Yukio*

Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 469(2), p.158 - 163, 2016/01

 Times Cited Count:11 Percentile:38.74(Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)

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TRAIL-R2 superoligomerization induced by human monoclonal agonistic antibody KMTR2

Tamada, Taro; Shinmi, Daisuke*; Ikeda, Masahiro*; Yonezawa, Yasushi*; Kataoka, Shiro*; Kuroki, Ryota; Mori, Eiji*; Motoki, Kazuhiro*

Scientific Reports (Internet), 5, p.17936_1 - 17936_12, 2015/12

 Times Cited Count:16 Percentile:35.01(Multidisciplinary Sciences)

The fully human monoclonal antibody KMTR2 acts as a strong direct agonist for tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) receptor 2 (TRAIL-R2), which is capable of inducing apoptotic cell death without cross-linking. To investigate the mechanism of direct agonistic activity induced by KMTR2, the crystal structure of the extracellular region of TRAIL-R2 and a Fab fragment derived from KMTR2 (KMTR2-Fab) was determined to 2.1 ${AA}$ resolution. Two KMTR2-Fabs assembled with the complementarity-determining region 2 of the light chain via two-fold crystallographic symmetry, suggesting that the KMTR2-Fab assembly tended to enhance TRAIL-R2 oligomerization. A single mutation at Asn53 to Arg located at the two-fold interface in the KMTR2 resulted in a loss of its apoptotic activity, although it retained its antigen-binding activity. These results indicate that the strong agonistic activity, such as apoptotic signaling and tumor regression, induced by KMTR2 is attributed to TRAIL-R2 superoligomerization induced by the interdimerization of KMTR2.

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Evaluation of the resolvable capacity of Bragg reflections for a new diffractometer at J-PARC/MLF designed for protein crystals with large unit cells

Tomoyori, Katsuaki; Kurihara, Kazuo; Tamada, Taro; Kuroki, Ryota

JPS Conference Proceedings (Internet), 8, p.036004_1 - 036004_6, 2015/09

We aim to build a high-resolution neutron time-of-flight diffractometer for biomacromolecules at the Materials and Life Science Experimental Facility (MLF) at the Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex (J-PARC) that allows the collection of neutron diffraction data from crystals with unit cells of $$approx$$ 250 ${AA}$;. Considering both the flux and pulse width necessary to realize data collection covering a minimum d-spacing of 2.0 ${AA}$; and with a unit cell constant of $$approx$$ 250 ${AA}$; we chose a decoupled moderator (DM) as the appropriate source for this high-resolution diffractometer. We considered a simple instrumentation model that includes a moderator, neutron guide, sample size, and neutron detector; we then investigated its spot separation performance and estimated the instrumental parameters for the design of a new diffractometer for protein crystals with large unit cells at J-PARC/MLF. It is preferable to extend the total flight path to resolve Bragg reflections for protein crystals with large unit cells as the scattering angle increases. Meanwhile, to ensure resolvable detection capacity at the middle scattering angle region (2$$theta$$$$approx$$ 90$$^{circ}$$), it is necessary to restrict the angular divergence. In the case of $$theta$$$$_{m}$$ $$approx$$ 0.2$$^{circ}$$, scattering angles from around 2$$theta$$$$approx$$90$$^{circ}$$ to higher backscattering angles are more efficient for protein crystals with large unit cells ($$>$$250 ${AA}$) with a resolution of 2.0 ${AA}$.

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Nucleoside diphosphate kinase from psychrophilic ${it Pseudoalteromonas}$ sp. AS-131 isolated from Antarctic Ocean

Yonezawa, Yasushi*; Nagayama, Aiko*; Tokunaga, Hiroko*; Ishibashi, Matsujiro*; Arai, Shigeki; Kuroki, Ryota; Watanabe, Keiichi*; Arakawa, Tsutomu*; Tokunaga, Masao*

Protein Journal, 34(4), p.275 - 283, 2015/08

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:91.6(Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)

Nucleoside diphosphate kinase isolated from psychrophilic ${it Pseudoalteromonas}$ sp. AS-131 (ASNDK) was expressed in ${it Escherichia coli}$ and purified to homogeneity. Comparing to mesophilic NDK isolated from ${it Pseudomonas aeruginosa}$, ASNDK exhibited highly elevated thermolability: (1) ${it E. coli}$ expression at 37$$^{circ}$$C as a denatured insoluble form, and (2) 30$$^{circ}$$C lower optimum temperature of enzymatic activity. The subunit structure of ASNDK was suggested to be dimer, as in NDKs isolated from moderate halophiles.

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Insights into the proton transfer mechanism of a bilin reductase PcyA following neutron crystallography

Unno, Masayoshi*; Ishikawa, Kumiko*; Kusaka, Katsuhiro*; Tamada, Taro; Hagiwara, Yoshinori*; Sugishima, Masakazu*; Wada, Kei*; Yamada, Taro*; Tomoyori, Katsuaki; Hosoya, Takaaki*; et al.

Journal of the American Chemical Society, 137(16), p.5452 - 5460, 2015/04

 Times Cited Count:22 Percentile:29.85(Chemistry, Multidisciplinary)

Phycocyanobilin, a light-harvesting and photoreceptor pigment in higher plants, algae, and cyanobacteria, is synthesized from biliverdin IX$$alpha$$ (BV) by phycocyanobilin:ferredoxin oxidoreductase (PcyA) via two steps of two-proton-coupled two-electron reduction. We determined the neutron structure of PcyA from cyanobacteria complexed with BV, revealing the exact location of the hydrogen atoms involved in catalysis. Notably, approximately half of the BV bound to PcyA was BVH$$^{+}$$, a state in which all four pyrrole nitrogen atoms were protonated. The protonation states of BV complemented the protonation of adjacent Asp105. The "axial "water molecule that interacts with the neutral pyrrole nitrogen of the A-ring was identified. His88 N$$delta$$ was protonated to form a hydrogen bond with the lactam O atom of the BV A-ring. His88 and His74 were linked by hydrogen bonds via H$$_{3}$$O$$^{+}$$. These results imply that Asp105, His88, and the axial water molecule contribute to proton transfer during PcyA catalysis.

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Structure of a highly acidic $$beta$$-lactamase from the moderate halophile ${it Chromohalobacter}$ sp.560 and the discovery of a Cs$$^{+}$$-selective binding site

Arai, Shigeki; Yonezawa, Yasushi*; Okazaki, Nobuo*; Matsumoto, Fumiko*; Shibazaki, Chie; Shimizu, Rumi; Yamada, Mitsugu*; Adachi, Motoyasu; Tamada, Taro; Kawamoto, Masahide*; et al.

Acta Crystallographica Section D, 71(3), p.541 - 554, 2015/03

 Times Cited Count:3 Percentile:62.45(Biochemical Research Methods)

The crystal structure of halophilic $$beta$$-lactamase from ${it Chromohalobacter}$ sp.560 (HaBLA) was determined using X-ray crystallography. Moreover, the locations of bound Sr$$^{2+}$$ and Cs$$^{+}$$ ions were identified by anomalous X-ray diffraction. The location of one Cs$$^{+}$$ specific binding site was identified on HaBLA even in the presence of 9-fold molar excess of Na$$^{+}$$ (90 mM Na$$^{+}$$ /10 mM Cs$$^{+}$$). This Cs$$^{+}$$ binding site is formed by two main-chain O atoms and an aromatic ring of a side chain of Trp. An aromatic ring of Trp interacts with Cs$$^{+}$$ by the cation-$$pi$$ interaction. The observation of a selective and high-affinity Cs$$^{+}$$ binding site provides important information that is useful for designing artificial Cs$$^{+}$$ binding sites useful in bioremediation of radioactive isotopes.

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Structural basis for acceptor-substrate recognition of UDP-glucose: anthocyanidin 3-${it O}$-glucosyltransferase from ${it Clitoria ternatea}$

Hiromoto, Takeshi; Honjo, Eijiro*; Noda, Hisanobu*; Tamada, Taro; Kazuma, Kohei*; Suzuki, Masahiko*; Blaber, M.; Kuroki, Ryota

Protein Science, 24(3), p.395 - 407, 2015/03

 Times Cited Count:33 Percentile:14.36(Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)

UDP-glucose: anthocyanidin 3-${it O}$-glucosyltransferase (UGT78K6) from ${it Clitoria ternatea}$ catalyzes the transfer of glucose from UDP-glucose to anthocyanidins such as delphinidin. To understand the acceptor-recognition scheme of UGT78K6, the crystal structure of UGT78K6 and its complex forms with anthocyanidin delphinidin and petunidin, and flavonol kaempferol were determined to resolutions of 1.85 ${AA}$, 2.55 ${AA}$, 2.70 ${AA}$ and 1.75 ${AA}$ respectively. The anthocyanidin- and flavonol-acceptor binding details are almost identical in each complex structure, although the glucosylation activities against each acceptor were significantly different. The acceptor substrates in UGT78K6 are reversely bound to its binding site by a 180$$^{circ}$$ rotation about the O1-O3 axis of the flavonoid backbones observed in ${it Vv}$GT1 and UGT78G1. These substrate recognition schemes suggest the potential for controlled synthesis of natural pigments.

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Structure and function of thrombopoietin and its receptor

Kuroki, Ryota; Miyazaki, Hiroshi*; Kato, Takashi

Ketsueki Furonthia, 25(2), p.171 - 180, 2015/02

no abstracts in English

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Accurate structure analyses of polymer crystals on the basis of wide-angle X-ray and neutron diffractions

Tashiro, Koji*; Hanesaka, Makoto*; Yamamoto, Hiroko*; Wasanasuk, K.*; Jayaratri, P.*; Yoshizawa, Yoshinori*; Tanaka, Ichiro*; Niimura, Nobuo*; Kusaka, Katsuhiro*; Hosoya, Takaaki*; et al.

Kobunshi Rombunshu, 71(11), p.508 - 526, 2014/11

 Times Cited Count:5 Percentile:78.54(Polymer Science)

The crystal structure analysis of various polymer substances has been reviewed on the basis of wide-angle high-energy X-ray and neutron diffraction data. The progress in structural analytical techniques of polymer crystals have been reviewed at first. The structural models proposed so far were reinvestigated and new models have been proposed for various kinds of polymer crystals including polyethylene, poly(vinyl alcohol), poly(lactic acid) and its stereocomplex etc. The hydrogen atomic positions were also clarified by the quantitative analysis of wide-angle neutron diffraction data, from which the physical properties of polymer crystals have been evaluated theoretically. The bonded electron density distribution has been estimated for a polydiacetylene single crystal on the basis of the so-called X-N method or by the combination of structural information derived from X-ray and neutron diffraction data analysis. Some comments have been added about future developments in the field of structure-property relationship determination.

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Interaction of double-stranded DNA with polymerized PprA protein from ${it Deinococcus radiodurans}$

Adachi, Motoyasu; Hirayama, Hiroshi; Shimizu, Rumi; Sato, Katsuya; Narumi, Issey*; Kuroki, Ryota

Protein Science, 23(10), p.1349 - 1358, 2014/10

 Times Cited Count:7 Percentile:70.83(Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)

Pleiotropic protein promoting DNA repair A (PprA) is a key protein that facilitates the extreme radioresistance of ${it Deinococcus radiodurans}$. To clarify the role of PprA in the radioresistance mechanism, the interaction between recombinant PprA expressed in Escherichia coli with several double-stranded DNAs was investigated. In a gel-shift assay, the band shift of supercoiled pUC19 DNA caused by the binding of PprA showed a bimodal distribution, which was promoted by the addition of 1 mM Mg, Ca, or Sr ions. The dissociation constant of the PprA-supercoiled pUC19 DNA complex, calculated from the relative portions of shifted bands, was 0.6 $$mu$$M with a Hill coefficient of 3.3 in the presence of 1 mM Mg acetate. This indicates that at least 281 PprA molecules are required to saturate a supercoiled pUC19 DNA, which is consistent with the number of bound PprA molecules estimated by the UV absorption of the PprA-pUC19 complex purified by gel filtration. This saturation also suggests linear polymerization of PprA along the dsDNA. On the other hand, the bands of linear dsDNA and nicked circular dsDNA that eventually formed PprA complexes did not saturate, but created larger molecular complexes when the PprA concentration was greater than 1.3 $$mu$$M. This result implies that DNA-bound PprA aids association of the termini of damaged DNAs, which is regulated by the concentration of PprA.

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Introducing new functions into a protein

Kuroki, Ryota

Shinka O Tsuzukeru Kozo Seibutsugaku; Aratana Tampakushitsu Kino No Kaimei To Soshutsu, p.93 - 109, 2014/09

no abstracts in English

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Structures of drug target proteins determined by neutron diffraction

Kuroki, Ryota

Nippon No Kesshogaku, 2; Sono Kagayakashii Hatten, P. 392, 2014/07

no abstracts in English

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Structural characteristics of alkaline phosphatase from the moderately halophilic bacterium ${it Halomonas}$ sp.593

Arai, Shigeki; Yonezawa, Yasushi*; Ishibashi, Matsujiro*; Matsumoto, Fumiko*; Adachi, Motoyasu; Tamada, Taro; Tokunaga, Hiroko*; Blaber, M.; Tokunaga, Masao*; Kuroki, Ryota

Acta Crystallographica Section D, 70(3), p.811 - 820, 2014/03

 Times Cited Count:7 Percentile:43.34(Biochemical Research Methods)

In order to clarify the structural basis of halophilic characteristics of an alkaline phosphatase derived from the moderate halophile ${it Halomonas}$ sp.593 (HaAP), the tertiary structure of HaAP was determined to 2.1${AA}$ resolution by X-ray crystallography. Structural properties of surface negative charge and core hydrophobicity are shown to be intermediate between halophile and non-halophile characteristics, and may explain the unique functional adaptation to a wide-range of salt concentration.

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Biomacromolecular neutron crystallography; Practical methods and utilization of neutron crystallography for understanding protein structure and function

Adachi, Motoyasu; Arai, Shigeki; Hiromoto, Takeshi; Kuroki, Ryota

Hamon, 24(1), p.45 - 49, 2014/02

Protein structure analysis using neutron diffraction (neutron protein crystallography; NPC) is gaining greater importance in the understanding of structure and function relationships of biological macromolecules such as proteins and DNA. Current developments of neutron diffractometers installed at the JAEA research reactor and pulsed neutron source permit observation of the locations of hydrogen atoms and hydrating water molecules and help understanding of important mechanisms of chemical reactions catalyzed by biological macromolecules. Here, we introduce practical approaches of NPC including sample preparation, crystal growth, structure determination and utilization of information obtained from NPC.

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High-resolution crystal structure of copper amine oxidase from ${it Arthrobacter globiformis}$; Assignment of bound diatomic molecules as O$$_{2}$$

Murakawa, Takeshi*; Hayashi, Hideyuki*; Sunami, Tomoko; Kurihara, Kazuo; Tamada, Taro; Kuroki, Ryota; Suzuki, Mamoru*; Tanizawa, Katsuyuki*; Okajima, Toshihide*

Acta Crystallographica Section D, 69(12), p.2483 - 2494, 2013/12

 Times Cited Count:9 Percentile:36.45(Biochemical Research Methods)

The crystal structure of a Cu amine oxidase from ${it Arthrobacter globiformis}$ was determined at 1.08 ${AA}$ resolution with the use of low-molecular-weight polyethylene glycol (LMW PEG; average molecular weight $$sim$$200) as a cryoprotectant. The final crystallographic $$R$$-factor and $$R$$$$_{rm free}$$ value are 13.0% and 15.0%, respectively. Several molecules of LMW PEG were found to occupy cavities in the protein interior including the active site, which resulted in the marked reduction of the overall ${it B}$ factor and consequently led to a sub-atomic resolution structure for a relatively large protein with a monomer molecular weight of $$sim$$70,000. About 40% of all the presumed hydrogen atoms were observed as clear electron densities in the $$F$$$$_{rm o}$$ - $$F$$$$_{rm c}$$ difference map. Multiple minor conformers were also identified for many residues. Anisotropic displacement fluctuations were evaluated in the active site that contains a post-translationally derived quinone cofactor and a Cu atom. Furthermore, diatomic molecules, most likely molecular oxygen, are bound to the protein, one of which is located in the region that has been previously proposed as an entry route for the substrate dioxygen from the central cavity of the dimer interface to the active site.

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Elucidations of the catalytic cycle of NADH-cytochrome $$b$$$$_{5}$$ reductase by X-ray crystallography; New insights into regulation of efficient electron transfer

Yamada, Mitsugu*; Tamada, Taro; Takeda, Kazuki*; Matsumoto, Fumiko*; Ono, Hiraku*; Kosugi, Masayuki*; Takaba, Kiyofumi*; Shoyama, Yoshinari*; Kimura, Shigenobu*; Kuroki, Ryota; et al.

Journal of Molecular Biology, 425(22), p.4295 - 4306, 2013/11

 Times Cited Count:16 Percentile:47.07(Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)

NADH-Cytochrome $$b$$$$_{5}$$ reductase (b5R), a flavoprotein consisting of NADH and flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD) binding domains, catalyzes electron transfer from the two-electron carrier NADH to the one-electron carrier cytochrome $$b$$$$_{5}$$ (Cb5). The crystal structures of both the fully reduced form and the oxidized form of porcine liver b5R were determined. In the reduced b5R structure determined at 1.68${AA}$ resolution, the relative configuration of the two domains was slightly shifted in comparison with that of the oxidized form. This shift resulted in an increase in the solvent-accessible surface area of FAD and created a new hydrogen-bonding interaction between the N5 atom of the isoalloxazine ring of FAD and the hydroxyl oxygen atom of Thr66, which is considered to be a key residue in the release of a proton from the N5 atom. The isoalloxazine ring of FAD in the reduced form is flat as in the oxidized form and stacked together with the nicotinamide ring of NAD$$^{+}$$. Determination of the oxidized b5R structure, including the hydrogen atoms, determined at 0.78${AA}$ resolution revealed the details of a hydrogen-bonding network from the N5 atom of FAD to His49 via Thr66. Both of the reduced and oxidized b5R structures explain how backflow in this catalytic cycle is prevented and the transfer of electrons to one-electron acceptors such as Cb5 is accelerated. Furthermore, crystallographic analysis by the cryo-trapping method suggests that re-oxidation follows a two-step mechanism. These results provide structural insights into the catalytic cycle of b5R.

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Creation and structure determination of an artificial protein with three complete sequence repeats

Adachi, Motoyasu; Shimizu, Rumi; Kuroki, Ryota; Blaber, M.

Journal of Synchrotron Radiation, 20(6), p.953 - 957, 2013/11

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:83.58(Instruments & Instrumentation)

Symfoil-4P is a ${it de novo}$ protein exhibiting the threefold symmetrical beta-trefoil fold designed based on the human acidic fibroblast growth factor. First three asparagine-glycine sequences of Symfoil-4P are replaced with glutamine-glycine (Symfoil-QG) or serine-glycine (Symfoil-SG) sequences protecting from deamidation, and His-Symfoil-II was prepared by introducing a protease digestion site into Symfoil-QG so that Symfoil-II has three complete repeats after removal of the N-terminal histidine tag. The Symfoil-QG and SG and His-Symfoil-II proteins were expressed in ${it Eschericha coli}$ as soluble protein, and purified by nickel affinity chromatography. Symfoil-II was further purified by anion-exchange chromatography after removing the HisTag by proteolysis. Symfoil-QG and II crystals gave 1.5 and 1.1${AA}$, resolution, respectively. The refined crystal structure of Symfoil-II showed pseudo-threefold symmetry as expected from other Symfoils.

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Crystal structure of UDP-glucose:anthocyanidin 3-${it O}$-glucosyltransferase from ${it Clitoria ternatea}$

Hiromoto, Takeshi; Honjo, Eijiro*; Tamada, Taro; Noda, Hisanobu*; Kazuma, Kohei*; Suzuki, Masahiko*; Kuroki, Ryota

Journal of Synchrotron Radiation, 20(6), p.894 - 898, 2013/11

 Times Cited Count:29 Percentile:13.64(Instruments & Instrumentation)

Flowers of the butterfly pea (${it Clitoria ternatea}$) accumulate a group of polyacylated anthocyanins, named ternatins, in their petals. The first step in ternatin biosynthesis is the transfer of glucose from UDP-glucose to anthocyanidins such as delphinidin, a reaction catalyzed in ${it C. ternatea}$ by UDP-glucose:anthocyanidin 3-${it O}$-glucosyltransferase (${it Ct}$3GT-A; AB185904). To elucidate the structure-function relationship of ${it Ct}$3GT-A, recombinant ${it Ct}$3GT-A was expressed in ${it Escherichia coli}$ and its tertiary structure was determined to 1.85 ${AA}$, resolution by using X-ray crystallography. The structure of ${it Ct}$3GT-A shows a common folding topology, the GT-B fold, comprised of two Rossmann-like $$beta$$/$$alpha$$/$$beta$$ domains and a cleft located between the N- and C-domains containing two cavities that are used as binding sites for the donor (UDP-Glc) and acceptor substrates. By comparing the structure of ${it Ct}$3GT-A with that of the flavonoid glycosyltransferase ${it Vv}$GT1 from red grape (${it Vitis vinifera}$) in complex with UDP-2-deoxy-2-fluoro glucose and kaempferol, locations of the catalytic His-Asp dyad and the residues involved in recognizing UDP-2-deoxy-2-fluoro glucose were essentially identical in ${it Ct}$3GT-A, but certain residues of ${it Vv}$GT1 involved in binding kaempferol were found to be substituted in ${it Ct}$3GT-A. These findings are important for understanding the differentiation of acceptor-substrate recognition in these two enzymes.

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Neutron and X-ray crystallographic analysis of the human $$alpha$$-thrombin-bivalirubin complex at pD 5.0; Protonation states and hydration structure of the enzyme-product complex

Yamada, Taro*; Kurihara, Kazuo; Onishi, Yuki*; Tamada, Taro; Tomoyori, Katsuaki; Masumi, Kenji*; Tanaka, Ichiro*; Kuroki, Ryota; Niimura, Nobuo*

Biochimica et Biophysica Acta; Proteins and Proteomics, 1834(8), p.1532 - 1538, 2013/08

 Times Cited Count:10 Percentile:59.9(Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)

The protonation states and hydration structures of the $$alpha$$-thrombin-bivalirubin complex were studied by joint XN refinement of the single crystal X-ray and neutron diffraction data at resolutions of 1.6 and 2.8 ${AA}$, respectively. The atomic distances were estimated by carrying out X-ray crystallographic analysis at 1.25 ${AA}$ resolution. The complex represents a model of the enzyme-product (EP) complex of $$alpha$$-thrombin. The neutron scattering length maps around the active site suggest that the side chain of H57/H was deuterated. The joint XN refinement showed that occupancies for D$$delta$$1 and D$$epsilon$$2 of H57/H were 1.0 and 0.7, respectively. However, no significant neutron scattering length density was observed around the hydroxyl oxygen O$$gamma$$ of S195/H, which was close to the carboxylic carbon atom of dFPR-COOH. These observations suggest that the O$$gamma$$ atom of S195/H is deprotonated and maintains its nucleophilicity in the EP complex. In addition to the active site, the hydration structures of the S1 subsite and the Exosite I, which are involved in the recognition of bivalirudin, are presented.

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